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"A new kind of war" : America's global strategy and the Truman Doctrine in Greece
Jones, Howard, 1940-
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New York : Oxford University Press, 1989.
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xiv, 327 pages, 14 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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E813 .J63 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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America's experience in Greece has often been cited as a model by those later policymakers in Washington who regard the involvement as a "victory" for American foreign policy. Indeed, President Johnson and others referred to Greece as the model for America's deepening involvement in Vietnam during the mid-1960's. Greece became the battlefield for a new kind of war--one that included the use of guerrilla warfare, propaganda, war in the shadows, terror tactics and victory based on outlasting the enemy. It was also a test before the world of America's resolve to protect the principle of self-determination. Jones argues that American policy towards Greece was the focal point in the development of a global strategy designed to combat totalitarianism. He also argues that had the White House and others drawn the real "lessons" from the intervention in Greece, the decisions regarding Vietnam might have been more carefully thought out.

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Jones has well-established academic credentials in the field of US diplomatic history. His research for this work is strongly shown by the 68 pages of notes that accompany the text. Contents cover the Truman Doctrine, reasons for its development, its application in the Greek Civil War, and the foreign policy it introduced. The work is scholarly in presentation. At the same time it is not ponderous, but allows the reader to move along. The ultimate value of this study lies in the author's ability to show how containment, flexible response, and, ultimately, Vietnam grew out of the Doctrine. A fine, well-documented, and clear exposition. The frontispiece map is useful, but would have been better incorporated into the text. Photos in the midsection help to identify the major participants. Adequate index; good printing and binding. Upper-division undergraduates and above. -W. T. Eagan, University of Southern Colorado